STILWELL – Testimony is expected to start Monday in the second-degree murder trial of an Adair County man allegedly involved in a methamphetamine lab fire.

Christopher Paul Dempsey, 24, is charged with second-degree murder and manufacture of methamphetamine. Adair County prosecutors allege Dempsey was responsible for a June 21, 2007, fire that killed Mandi Dawn Murray. Murray died July 17, 2007, from injuries suffered in the fire.

Oscar Bartlett was also charged with the offenses, and is currently serving a prison sentence after pleading no contest to manufacture of a controlled drug. The murder count was dismissed as part of a plea agreement between Bartlett and prosecutors.

The fire occurred at Bartlett’s home. Bartlett has been subpoeaned as a witness to testify against Dempsey.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents, retired State Fire Marshal Sam Pinson, Dr. R.F. Distefano, and other medical personnel are among witnesses expected to testify during the trial.

Dempsey’s attorney, James Cosby, has filed a witness list indicating Dempsey will testify on his own behalf.

Assistant District Attorney Shannon Otteson is prosecuting the case.

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